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Winners honored at Chamber event

The Greater Spokane Valley Chamber of Commerce announced the winners of its Awards of Excellence during its annual awards gala Saturday.

The companies and individuals joined the previously announced winner of the chamber’s annual Harry E. Nelson “Citizen of the Year” award, Peggy Doering of Valleyfest, in being recognized for their accomplishments.

The winners included MOJO Reprographics, small business of the year; Monique’s Salon, medium business of the year; Mirabeau Park Hotel and Convention Center, large business of the year; the Inland Northwest Blood Center, nonprofit organization of the year; Barbara Olson of BNI, community caring award; Chuck Stocker, chamber volunteer of the year; and Vivian Shammel of Shammel Business Solutions, ambassador of the year.

Harry E. Nelson was a newspaper editor and one of the founders of the chamber. The annual award bearing his name is given to someone who has demonstrated exemplary service to the community. Doering was honored for her longtime leadership of the ever-growing Valleyfest community event.

The annual gala drew approximately 200 people to an auction, dinner and dance. The event was emceed by KHQ-TV anchor Dave Cotton and weatherman George Maupin.

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